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Merla Mae Drive-In

A sign of good ice cream! – John Cameron

A reputation for serving the best soft ice cream in Thunder Bay dating back to the 1950s, Merla Mae Drive-Inremains a popular summertime stop for locals and visitors alike.

It's a great place to stop for a burger, fries and a shake on a hot summer day, but their specialty is ice cream.

Visitors today walk up to one of the service windows to place an order from the extensive menu of delicious treats, and indulge from the comfort of their car or on one of the many picnic tables and booths outside the building.

Family and Kid-Friendly Dining Notes

Merla Mae is definitely a destination for families with kids, but it has a tradition as a place where couples stop for a romantic ice cream on a hot summer day.

Burgers and hot-dogs are also popular menu items if your looking for a fast food fix during your travels.

Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

Wendell and Jean Cathers were the original owners of Merla Mae opening what was the first licensed drive-in in Thunder Bay back in 1951.

The drive - in continues as family run business with the ice cream flavors created from time tested recipes all made in-house!


10 am to 11 pm (Weather permitting) Seven Days/Week

Seasons Open

Late May to Early September (Summer)


Price Style for this Establishment

$ - Less than $10

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